Jonathan Huyck became the 21st rector of Grace Church on August 1, 2010. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Chicago Divinity School and the General Theological Seminary and is an honorary canon of the American Cathedral in Paris, where he served as canon pastor for six years before coming to Grace. He was born in New York City and raised in New York and Connecticut. Before his ordination to the priesthood in 2004, he was a comedy writer in New York and is still loyal to the American League baseball team of that city which shall remain nameless. He also loves the Beatles, cooking (Georgian food, especially), singing, and old buildings (Providence does very well on that score).
The Reverend Jennifer West, Priest Associate
The Rev. Jennifer West loves to preach and to welcome all to the Church. After retiring in June, 2013, having served parishes in Maryland, Rhode Island, and Ohio, the Wests returned to her native Rhode Island where they chose to worship at Grace because of its diversity and commitment to the city. She re-enters parish ministry with renewed energy and excitement about ministering in a downtown parish.
Mother Jennifer’s call to the priesthood followed an exciting 17 year career in sales and marketing in the intermodal railroad transportation industry. She has an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. She was ordained in Maryland in 1997. Since retiring, she has become a fan of spinning (stationary exercise bikes) and is developing an exercise program for women over 60. She and her husband Ben, live in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston. They share a love of the Episcopal Church, three grandchildren in Ohio, boating, and rescuing older dogs. Their current dog, Foster Glocester, survived a tornado in Missouri.
Vince Edwards, Director of Music
Vincent Edwards became the Director of Music at Grace Church in September 2015. Vince has served parishes in Connecticut and New York, most recently St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, CT. His choirs have performed and sung services in New York City and throughout England and Scotland. In addition to directing the Grace Church Choir, Vince will found and direct the Grace Church Choristers, a choir for boys and girls from grades 2 through 12. Vince holds degrees from Bethel College (Music and Religion) and Yale University (Choral Conducting and Organ Performance).
Meredith “Champ” Cooley, Facilities Manager
Champ (as everyone calls him) was born in Skowhegan, Maine, and is married to Gail. His favorite hobby being a DJ at Riverbend Campgrounds in Connecticut.
Anthony Perez, Sexton